Mr. Smith, a native of Rutherford County, began his teaching career at Thomas Jefferson in 2004. From 2004-2011, he taught U.S. History, Debate, and Rhetoric and served as the chair of the Cultural Studies Department. In 2011, Mr. Smith moved to the Charlotte area to help with the founding of Christ the King Catholic High School where he served as Dean of Students and Assistant Principal. In 2017, he returned to TJ to teach English and History. In 2018, Mr. Smith became the school’s academic dean, and he now serves full time in that role. Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor's degree in History from Berea College, his Master's in U.S. History from Western Carolina University, and his Master's in School Administration from UNC-Charlotte. Mr. Smith has participated four times in summer institutes with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has presented at a number of conferences on history education and classical education pedagogy. In his spare time, Mr. Smith enjoys reading, hiking, debating politics, and gardening.